Shakespeare Problems Volume . 1

Shakespeare Problems Volume . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...were frequent until someone propounds an easier way in which they could be achieved. Incredulity will be heightened when we find that a considerable proportion of these entries come close together, as if the books which they represent had been disposed of in batches. Thus in the two years July, 1591, to July, 1593, only six plays were registered; but in the ten months October, 1593, to July 594 no fewer than twenty-eight. In 1595 there were eight entries; in 1596 one; in 1597 two, 'n '59 four; in 1599 two. Then in 1600 the number rises to twenty-two, and 1601 produced another eight. 1602 has three; 1603 (a plague year) only one; 1604 six; 1605 eleven; 1606 seven; 1607 as many as seventeen; 1608 a dozen, or if we take the twelvemonth, 22nd March, 1608, to 10th March, 1609, seventeen again, after which no play was entered for another fifteen months. Surely these variations, from one, two or three entries of plays in a twelvemonth to seventeen, twenty-two or twenty-eight, point to a controlled output, to there being years when the supply was rigorously held up and other years when they were offered to the booksellers in such quantities as could only have been produced by the legitimate owners of them. We cannot imagine twenty-eight piracies having immediately preceded the ten months October, 1593, to July, 1594, but we can easily imagine that the players would have been glad to sell this number of plays about that time, because shortly before this there had been a similar period, from April to 22nd December, 1593, during which the theatres were closed because of the plague, and the companies must have been very hard hit. In like manner, though the coincidence is not quite so strong, the outpouring of plays in 1600 and 1601 may be connected with the...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513134
  • 9781236513137